Ethics and Jurisprudence for Indiana PT Providers

Ethics and Jurisprudence for Indiana PT Providers 

Physical therapy professionals are constantly confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas. Their decisions, and even their failures to make decisions, can have long-range effects professionally and personally for providers, patients, healthcare entities, and for society as a whole. Why does one value win out over another? What does the decision process involve? How do these decisions impact those involved? Directed to Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA), this entry-level course will address ethical and moral dilemmas, the decision processes, and posit multiple ethical case studies. This course aims to assist the PT professional in understanding their ethical responsibilities as well as regulations that govern PT practice in the state of Indiana.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Indiana Chapter - American Physical Therapy Association (Ethics & Jurisprudence)


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-EJIPTP
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Articulate two distinctions between morals, ethics, and the law as related to the physical therapy profession.
Define at least two principles of healthcare ethics, as described in the course.
Describe the method PT professionals can employ to help resolve ethical situations.
Apply elements of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Core Ethical documents to two case studies to resolve mock ethical dilemmas.
Describe the conditions under which a patient can be seen by a physical therapist without a referral from a qualifying health care provider.
Describe the limitations placed on both spinal manipulation and sharps debridement by a physical therapist in the state of Indiana.
Articulate the supervision standards for physical therapist assistants operating in the state of Indiana.
Describe at least five standards of professional conduct and competent practice for PTs and PTAs practicing in Indiana.
Describe requirements for continuing competency for both PT and PTA providers operating in the state of Indiana.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Morals, Ethics & Law

Ethics vs. Morals

Healthcare Ethics

APTA’s Core Values for the Physical Therapist






Professional Duty

Socially Responsible

APTA’s Core Values for the Physical Therapist

Ethics vs. Law



Section 3: Ethical Principles and Dilemmas

Healthcare Principles



Clinical Example




Methods to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas

Integrating Theory into Practice

8 Steps to Resolve an Ethical Dilemma

Clinical Example



Section 4: Code of Ethics

Codifying Ethics

APTA’s Core Ethical Document

Mock Case Scenarios



Section 5: Regulation of Physical Therapists


Unlawful Practices

Indiana Physical Therapy Board


Other Sections



Section 6: Indiana Administrative Code


Rule 1: General Provisions

Rule 2: Fees

Rule 3: Admission to Practice

Rule 4: Registration

Rule 6: Reinstatement of Suspended License

Rule 7: Standards of Professional Conduct

Patient Care

Reporting Conduct

Substance Use and Mental Impairment

Fees and Advertisement

Discontinue Practice

Other Misconduct

Rule 8: Continuing Competency

Category I Activities

Category II Activities


SummarySection 7: Indiana Physical Therapy Board Website

A.  Overview

Section 8: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Andrea Salzman MS, PT
Andrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Masters degree in physical therapy. Between 1996-2017, Salzman has instructed 100+ live instructions related to aquatic therapy and over 25 online courses related to geriatric therapy, ethics, and aquatic therapy. Her interest in topics related to scope of practice and ethics boundaries began in PT school where she served on a student-led honor council in a model which required its members to pass judgements on multiple ethics violations by peers. Between 1995-1998, Salzman served as Editor-in-Chief of an APTA section journal related to aquatic therapy, probing ethical topics within her Editor's column, such as "shading minutes" or refusing to allow patients to refuse PT in order to maintain Medicare Part A coverage. Between 1995-2002, Salzman served as a Lead Therapist and a PT Manager in both skilled nursing and hospital settings, roles which required her to provide inservice training as mandated by Joint Commission, including the use of the case study as a decision-making tool. In 2002, Advance for PT Magazine asked Salzman to create, referee and publish a series of point:counterpoint argumentative columns devoted to exploring hot button topics related to the ethical practice of physical therapy. Within this monthly column, "We Debate: You Decide", Salzman created a venue for 2 PT professionals to argue the merits of diametrically-opposed ethical stands on PT-related topics. In 2005, Salzman began serving as Vice President of 10K Rehab Corps, a temporary staffing company with an emphasis on providing on-call staff for the SNF and home health settings. One of her initial roles for this start-up company was the creation of policies on ethical standards for hiring and practice in the field. In 2009, Salzman began serving as the Director of Programming for Aquatic Therapy University (ATU) and in that role, has created over 500 hours of live instructionals for the post-graduate therapist. Salzman has spearheaded ATU's move towards obtaining PT continuing education credits through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, a move which required her to ensure the company met the intellectual property, ethical, disability access and diversity standards established by FSBPT. In 2010, Salzman received one of the highest honors given to a physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award. In 2012, Salzman began creating continuing education courses for Care2Learn, including discussions on the unintended ethical consequences of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and rehospitalization risks for COPD, MI and CHF. Beginning in 2013, Salzman began creating Relias Learning online trainings related to medical errors and ethics and to perform critical reviews of existing CE courses, including reviews of Ethics and Jurisprudence courses, in order to ensure these courses met the standards required by the FSBPT and/or individual states. In addition to these roles, Salzman has served as: • Adjunct Faculty, College of St. Catherine's PT program: • Functional Design Consultant for facilities building aquatic centers; • Author, 5 physical therapy-related texts; • Monthly columnist, Aquatics International, Advance for PTs, Onsite Fitness, Disclosure: Andrea Salzman MS, PT discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with Aquatic Therapy University as (Owner) Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with Aquatic Resources Network as (Owner) Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with Consultant Business as Consultant Relevant Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as (N/A)
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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